Well, I think it's about time I built something after my Telebanez build. First let me make this clear:
- This will be a slow build
as I tend to create a boat load of problems out of the simplest things, so the updates may be far and away
- One piece Honduran Mahogany body
- Birdseye maple neck with 10" to 14" compound radius Wenge fretboard (The wenge fretboard is a most generous gift from our own Swirltop by the way, many thanks!)
- Gotoh GTC-01 bridge as JS
-6/6000, (generic 6 saddle bridge if cost becomes an issue)
- Jescar 47095 "thin and tall" silver nickel frets
- Tung Oil Finish
- Pre-2000 JS
Electronics with high pass filter on volume and tone pots
- I haven't decided what brand/model pickups so I'm open to suggestions for pickup combinations that would complement the wood selection. I'm tempted to go with Pro-Track or Chopper for the neck and Fred at bridge if I can get them for a good price on the auction site, but as I said nothing set in stone yet.
For the template I started with a Radius drawing and traced my JS2400 on it to arrive at the correct lower horn shape for the 24 frets. If this was going to be the only JS
build, I wouldn't have bothered with the template, but I have alder blanks that I want to turn into a 2410 clone, hence the template
Here are some "Raw material shots". (don't mind the 24fret Tele w/Gotoh trem in the shot. It's a concurrent build. I may post its own thread in the "Setup/Repairs" sub-forum later on)
Nice birdseye figure on the neck. I should say it is from a Home Depot 1x3 maple ($2.47 per lft IIRC) and I have enough for two more necks. I wish i had the capability to re-saw the last piece, it would make outrageous fingerboards
Here's the Honduran Mahogany. It is tad over 13" wide enabling for the 1-piece body. The good thing is, it is quite light at 2.63 lb per bdft, which will make the routed body somewhere around 3.75-4 lbs range. the bad thing is, it is 1.5", so it will be about a quarter inch thinner than the other JSs, which is not exactly a bad thing, just different.
This is the whole board. Had I had enough to make a neck out of the remaining parts, I would have loved to make the neck out of the same wood a-la JS700 as well. Maybe for another build
I've already radiused the fingerboard with my compound radius jig. This one is the version 2.0 with the router sled.
The end result still needs to be "polished" with high grit sandpaper, but radiusing the board with router beats the sanding beam method; (this photo is not of the Wenge, but you get the picture)
I'm pretty much set on using the Wenge board with the Tung Oil finished body as I think they will match well, but I have a choice between Indian Rosewood and Cocobolo for the Tele build. Group shot of possible fingerboards
This is where I am now. Templates and fingerboards are completed, next will be routing for 2-way truss rods and cutting the necks.